Lap definition

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To join (pieces, as of wood) by means of a scarf or lap joint.
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To hone (two mating parts) against each other until closely fitted.
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To lie partly over or on.

Each shingle lapping the next; shadows that lapped the wall.

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To form a lap or fold.
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A hanging or flaplike part, especially of a garment.
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(sports) To get ahead of (an opponent) in a race by one or more complete circuits of the course, as in running, or by two or more lengths of a pool in swimming.
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A segment or stage, as of a trip.
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The front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person.
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To place or lay (something) so as to overlap another.

Lapped the roof tiles so that water would run off.

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To wind around or enfold something.
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A continuous band or layer of cotton, flax, or other fiber.
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A wheel, disk, or slab of leather or metal, either stationary or rotating, used for polishing and smoothing.
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A part that overlaps.
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The amount by which one part overlaps another.
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One complete round or circuit, especially of a racetrack.
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One complete length of a straight course, as of a swimming pool.
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A length, as of rope, required to make one complete turn around something.
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The act of lapping or encircling.
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To take in (a liquid or food) by lifting it with the tongue.
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To wash or slap against with soft liquid sounds.

Waves lapping the side of the boat.

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To take in a liquid or food with the tongue.
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To wash against something with soft liquid sounds.
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The sound of lapping.
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A watery food or drink.
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The act or an instance of lapping.
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The amount taken in by lapping.
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(now rare) The loose lower part of a garment, which may be doubled or folded over; skirt of a coat or gown.
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The front part of the skirt when it is held up to form a hollow place in which things can be carried.
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Anything hollow like a lap, as a valley.
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That in which a person or thing rests or is cared for, sheltered, or coddled.
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A turn or loop, as of a rope around a post.
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A rotating disk for cutting and polishing glass, gems, etc.
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The act or condition of lapping.
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The front part from the waist to the knees of a person in a sitting position.
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The part of the clothing covering this.
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A part extending over another part; overlapping part.
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Such extension; overlapping.
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Amount or place of this.
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One complete circuit around a racetrack, in a race consisting of more than one.
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One part or stage of an extended project.
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To fold (over or on)
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To wrap; enfold.
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To hold in or as in the lap; envelop.

Lapped in luxury.

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To place partly upon something else.

To lap one board over another.

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To lie partly upon; overlap.

One shingle laps the other.

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To cut or polish (glass, gems, etc.) with a lap.
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To get a lap ahead of (an opponent) in a race.
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To be folded.

Rough edges must lap under.

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To lie partly upon something or upon one another; overlap.
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To project beyond something in space, or extend beyond something in time.
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To drink (a liquid) by dipping it up with the tongue in the manner of a dog.
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To move or strike gently with a light splashing sound.
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The act of lapping.
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The sound of lapping.
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Something that is, or is intended to be, lapped up.
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(1) (Link Access Protocol) The data link protocol in an AppleTalk network. Support for the various data link types were known as ELAP (Ethernet LAP), TLAP (Token Ring LAP), FLAP (FDDI LAP) and LLAP (LocalTalk LAP).
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The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
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An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
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The part of the clothing that lies on the knees or thighs when one sits down; that part of the person thus covered; figuratively, a place of rearing and fostering; as, to be reared in the lap of luxury.
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The upper legs of a seated person.

The boy was sitting on his mother's lap.

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(archaic, euphemistic) The female pudenda. [17th century]
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(construction) Component that overlaps or covers any portion of the same or adjacent component.
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To enfold; to hold as in one's lap; to cherish.
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To rest or recline in a lap, or as in a lap.
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To fold; to bend and lay over or on something.

To lap a piece of cloth.

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To wrap around, enwrap, wrap up.

To lap a bandage around a finger.

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Lapped in luxury.

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(intransitive) To wind around.
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To place or lay (one thing) so as to overlap another.

One laps roof tiles so that water can run off.

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To polish, e.g., a surface, until smooth.
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(intransitive) To be turned or folded; to lie partly on or over something; to overlap.

The cloth laps back; the boats lap; the edges lap.

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To overtake a straggler in a race by completing one more lap than them.
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To cut or polish with a lap, as glass, gems, cutlery, etc.
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The act or process of lapping.
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That part of any substance or fixture which extends over, or lies upon, or by the side of, a part of another; as, the lap of a board; also, the measure of such extension over or upon another thing.
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The amount by which a slide valve at its half stroke overlaps a port in the seat, being equal to the distance the valve must move from its mid stroke position in order to begin to open the port. Used alone, lap refers to outside lap. See Outside lap (below).
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The state or condition of being in part extended over or by the side of something else; or the extent of the overlapping; as, the second boat got a lap of half its length on the leader.
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(sports) One circuit around a race track, or one traversal down and then back the length of a pool; as, to run twenty laps; to win by three laps, to swim two laps.
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In card playing and other games, the points won in excess of the number necessary to complete a game; "” so called when they are counted in the score of the following game.
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A sheet, layer, or bat, of cotton fiber prepared for the carding machine.
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A piece of brass, lead, or other soft metal, used to hold a cutting or polishing powder in cutting glass, gems, and the like, or in polishing cutlery, etc. It is usually in the form of wheel or disk, which revolves on a vertical axis.
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(intransitive) To take (liquid) into the mouth with the tongue; to lick up with a quick motion of the tongue.
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(intransitive, of water) To wash against a surface with a splashing sound; to swash.
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Lap is defined as to fold over, to wrap or to quickly drink.

An example of lap is to fold over extra fabric in a tablecloth to make the cloth fit a smaller table.

An example of lap is to pull a blanket around a child to wrap them in the warmth.

An example of lap is for a dog to quickly drink up a bowl of water.

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The portion of a garment that covers the lap.
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To fold (something) over onto itself.

A cloth edge that had been lapped and sewn to make a hem.

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To envelop in something; swathe.

Models who were lapped in expensive furs.

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To convert (cotton or other fibers) into a sheet or layer.
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To polish (a surface) until smooth.
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To lie partly on or over something; overlap.
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An area of responsibility, interest, or control.

An opportunity that dropped in his lap.

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To wrap or wind around (something); encircle.
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The definition of a lap is one full circuit in a race, or the front part of a person from the waist to the knees when sitting or fabric meant to cover this part, or a hollow area that provides shelter.

An example of a lap is one run around a track.

An example of a lap is where a child sits on her mother.

An example of a lap is a ditch.

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the lap of luxury
  • Conditions of great affluence or material comfort:
    An heiress living in the lap of luxury.
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drop into someone's lap
  • to cause to be someone's property or responsibility
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in the lap of luxury
  • surrounded by luxury
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in the lap of the gods
  • beyond human control or power
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lap up
  • to take up (liquid or liquid food) by lapping
  • to eat or drink greedily
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lap
Plural:
laps

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the lap of luxury
drop into someone's lap
in the lap of luxury
in the lap of the gods

Origin of lap

  • Middle English lappe lappet, lap from Old English læppa lappet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English lappen from lappe lap, lappet lap1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English lapen from Old English lapian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lappen (“to fold, wrap") from earlier Middle English wlappen (“to fold, wrap"), from Old English *wlappan, *wlæppan, *wlappian (“to wrap"). from Proto-Germanic *wlapp-, *wrapp- (“to wrap, fold, roll up, turn"), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to bend, turn"). Cognate with Middle Dutch lappen (“to wrap up, embrace"), Danish dial. vravle "to wind", Old Italian goluppare "to wrap, fold up" (from Germanic). More at envelop, develop

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English lapian, from Proto-Germanic *lapajanan, akin to Old High German laffen (to lick), Old Norse lepja, Danish labe, Old Saxon lepil, German Löffel (spoon). Cognate with Latin lambere (“lick"). French lamper is a loanword from German. Compare Danish leffe, dialect German läffeln.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English læppa (skirt or flap of a garment), from Proto-Germanic *lapp-, confer Middle Dutch lappe, Old High German lappa, German Lappen, Old Norse leppr (“lock of hair").

    From Wiktionary

  • The sense of "to get a lap ahead (of someone) on a track" is from 1847, on notion of "overlapping." The noun meaning "a turn around a track" (1861) is from this sense.

    From Wiktionary